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Chairman, President and CEO, Allergan

Brenton L. Saunders

Mr. Saunders is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan and has served in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2014 and of Chairman since October 2016, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President, and as director, of Forest Laboratories, Inc. , prior to its acquisition by Allergan.

  • Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, a leading global eye health company, serving in this capacity from March 2010 until August 2013. Mr. Saunders also held a number of leadership positions at Schering-Plough, including the position of President of Global Consumer Health Care and was named head of integration for the company’s merger with Merck & Co. and for Schering-Plough’s acquisition of Organon BioSciences. Before joining Schering-Plough, Mr. Saunders was a Partner and Head of Compliance Business Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Prior to that, he was Chief Risk Officer at Coventry Health Care and Senior Vice President, Compliance, Legal and Regulatory at Home Care Corporation of America. Mr. Saunders began his career as Chief Compliance Officer for the Thomas Jefferson University Health System. Mr. Saunders serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, Inc. and The Allergan Foundation, and is a member of the Business Council, the Business Roundtable and PhRMA.

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EVP & Chief Commercial Officer

William Meury

Mr. Meury is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Allergan and has served in this role since May 2016, having previously served as President, Branded Pharma from March 2015 and Executive Vice President, Commercial, North American Brands from July 2014.

  • Mr. Meury served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Forest prior to its acquisition by Allergan (then known as Actavis). He joined Forest in 1993 and held multiple roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing, New Products, Business Development, and Sales. Before joining Forest, Mr. Meury worked in public accounting for Reznick Fedder & Silverman and in financial reporting for MCI Communications. He received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland. Mr. Meury serves on the Board of Directors of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, The Jed Foundation and the International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation.

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EVP & Chief Financial Officer

Matthew M. Walsh

Mr. Walsh is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Allergan and has served in this role since February 2018.

  • Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Walsh served as EVP, CFO at Catalent for 10 years. Before Catalent, Mr. Walsh was President, CFO and Acting CEO at Escala Group, Inc. He previously held a variety of finance leadership roles at GenTek, Inc., including Vice President-Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Vice President & Treasurer and Group Controller. Mr. Walsh is a CFA® charterholder. He received an MBA from Cornell University, SC Johnson School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, College of Engineering.

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EVP & Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

A. Robert D. Bailey

Mr. Bailey is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Allergan, and has served in this role since July 2014, having served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Forest prior to its acquisition by Allergan, from November 2013 to June 2014.

  • Prior to that, Mr. Bailey served as Executive Vice President, Law, Policy and Communications at Bausch + Lomb from 2007 to 2013. Before joining Bausch + Lomb in 1994, he was an attorney at Nixon Peabody (formerly Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle). Mr. Bailey received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. from St. Olaf College.

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EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Karen L. Ling, Esq.

Ms. Ling is Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Allergan, and has served in this role since July 2014, having served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Forest from January 2014 to July 2014, prior to its acquisition by Allergan (then known as Actavis).

  • Ms. Ling joined Forest from Merck & Co., where she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the company’s Global Human Health and Consumer Care businesses worldwide beginning in November 2011. Previously, she served as Vice President, Compensation and Benefits at Merck and Group Vice President, Global Compensation & Benefits at Schering-Plough (which was acquired by Merck). Prior to joining Schering-Plough in 2008, Ms. Ling spent 14 years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in various positions of responsibility in human resources and in Wyeth’s Labour and Employment Department. Before joining Wyeth, Ms. Ling was an attorney at Goldstein and Manello, P.C. in Boston. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Glaucoma Foundation, Inc., The Jed Foundation and The Allergan Foundation. Ms. Ling received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University.

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EVP & Chief R&D Officer

C. David Nicholson, PhD

Dr. Nicholson is Executive Vice President and Chief R&D Officer of Allergan and has served in this role since March 2015.

  • He joined Allergan (then known as Actavis) as Senior Vice President, Global Brands R&D in August 2014. Previously, he served as Chief Technology Officer and EVP, R&D for Bayer CropScience from March 2012 to August 2014; Vice President of Licensing and Knowledge Management at Merck from 2009 to December 2011; and Senior Vice President, responsible for Global Project Management and Drug Safety at Schering-Plough from 2007 to 2009. From 1988 to 2007, Dr. Nicholson held various leadership positions at Organon, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President, Research & Development and was a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee. Dr. Nicholson serves on the Board of Directors of Actinium Pharmaceuticals and Science Exchange. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D. from the University of Wales.

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EVP & Chief Communications Officer

Alex Kelly

Alex Kelly is the EVP, Corporate Affairs and Chief Communications Officer, and has served in this role since April 20, 2015.

  • Previously, Mr. Kelly served as Senior Vice President, Chief Integration Officer since July 2014. In this role, he led the integration of Forest Laboratories following its acquisition by Actavis. He also co-led the integration of Allergan. Prior to joining Actavis, Mr. Kelly was Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Public Affairs and Investor Relations at Forest Laboratories. In that role, he led Forest’s corporate communications and investor relations programs. While at Forest, Mr. Kelly led the integration of Aptalis Pharma following its acquisition in January 2014. Prior to Forest, Mr. Kelly served as Vice President, Investor Relations at Bausch + Lomb. Mr. Kelly was Senior Vice President, Investor Relations at Merck & Co., Inc. following the combination with Schering-Plough where he led the Global Communications and Investor Relations team. He previously worked for Novartis as Executive Director, Investor Relations, after spending 14 years at Pharmacia, including ten years in pharmaceutical sales and sales management and four years in investor relations. Mr. Kelly currently serves on multiple Boards and Committees, including the California Life Sciences Association, The Allergan Foundation, and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Purdue University, where he graduated Cum Laude.

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EVP, Global Operations

Wayne R. Swanton

Mr. Swanton is Executive Vice President, Global Operations of Allergan plc. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Swanton served as Senior Vice President Global Operations of Allergan.

  • He joined the Company (then Watson) in March 2012 as Vice President, Global Supply Chain. Mr. Swanton brings expertise to all aspects of the end-to-end supply chain, including procurement, planning, manufacturing, external supply, quality and distribution. He has extensive leadership experience in global pharmaceutical operations and managing significant business transformations. Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Swanton held various roles at Abbott Laboratories in finance, supply chain, project management and manufacturing operations in both local and global capacities. Mr. Swanton is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, UK.

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